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Rules for participating in sports explained to School Board

School Board member Greg Faber broached a subject with the Osakis School Board at its Aug. 8 regular meeting that touches a lot of activities and a lot of lives. That subject is the procedure pertaining to participation in athletics if an athlete is absent to participate in another educational activity.

Case in point is the nomination of an Osakis High School student as a Minnesota 4-H Ambassador, which activity conflicts with sports practices.

"I would like to see the school support 4-H a little more," Faber said. "A student from Osakis was nominated to be a State Ambassador. I don't believe they should have to sit out on sporting events just because they are in 4-H."

Faber noted that 4-H is a nationally recognized activity for young people, and that should bear some weight at the local school level. He pointed out that other activities like FFA and FCCLA members receive excuses for being absent.

That led to a discussion with the School Board members and Athletic Director Brad Hoffarth about the rules for participating or playing in athletic events after having missed practices for other activities.

"It's up to the individual coaches if they miss practice," Hoffarth told the Board. Consideration is given to school affiliated and non-affiliated activities.

He also noted that with some sports the student may have missed necessary conditioning training prior to the sporting event, which may put the student's health in jeopardy.

Cross Country Coach Justin Dahlheimer noted that he had athletes make up their cross country conditioning practices on their own time, and verified by their parents, so they could attend cross country meets.

Board member Shari Maloney agreed, "[4-H'ers] do get penalized when school starts. They are developing very large life skills and leadership qualities."

High School Principal Tim Roggenbuck added that some coaches have a rule that if you miss practice you do not start the next event, or sit out an event. When he was coaching, Roggenbuck said he would abide by the rule to not let the student start the game, but would put them in as soon as possible if there was no danger to the student's health.


In other action, the School Board:

• Awarded the milk contract to Cass Clay at .1826 cents escalated price for half pints of 1 percent milk; .1790 cents for skim milk; and .1945 cents for chocolate.

• Awarded the fuel contract to Deluxe Oil for 18 cents per gallon over invoice for unleaded; 18 cents per gallon over invoice for diesel, winter blend and No. 2.

• Approved several changes to the Elementary Handbook presented by Principal Randy Bergquist, regarding decreasing the number of unexcused absences from 8 to 4 and the procedure for handling multiple absences; and minor changes in the discipline, bullying and cyberbullying policies.

• Approved a transportation agreement with Janel Baker for the 2016-17 school year for a special ed. Student.

• Accepted a gift from the Tennis Student Activity account for $815.96 for wind screens; and from United Way for $3,000 for the Preschool Program.

• Approved changes to the High School Handbook regarding scholastic eligibility for participation in extra-curricular activities including sports.

• Adopted the MSBA Model Policy No. 103 regarding handling of complaints for students, employees, parents and other people regarding the School District.

• Set Monday, Sept. 26 as the date for a School Board meeting to set the tentative 2017 payable 2018 tax levy; and set Monday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. to for the annual Truth in Taxation hearing.

• Approved the use of the school parking lot for the 2016 Moonshine Madness event upon receipt of proof of insurance.

• Made plans to attend the MREA annual conference Nov. 13-15 in Brainerd.

The board then closed the regular meeting to the public to conduct the superintendent's evaluation.